Cambridge University research (The School Report 2017) indicates that more than half of LGBT pupils experience homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying. Local authorities have a key role to play in addressing this problem and ensuring a safe learning environment for all young people.
Stonewall’s Education Equality Index measures how well local authorities support schools to celebrate difference and prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, as well as support LGBT young people in their local community.
Why take part in the Education Equality Index?
The Index is the only nationwide auditing tool for benchmarking progress in this area. Participation is essential to clearly identify progress and demonstrate year on year how well your local authority is tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
- Participation is completely free of charge.
- The Index is a great tool for developing strategies and showing improvement year on year. Stonewall provides all participating local authorities with detailed feedback on their submissions, identifying best practice and areas to improve.
- The Index has been devised by educationalists, equality experts and educational psychologists to ensure we’re asking the right questions.
- Improving your performance in the Index will help you comply with the Equality Act 2010, and assist your schools in meeting the current inspection framework, which specifically focuses on homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying.
- Stonewall research shows that reduced levels of bullying contribute to improved learning outcomes for the students concerned.
- By raising awareness of best practice, the Index helps to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity across all protected characteristics for young people.
- 50 local authorities took part in the Education Equality Index in 2016, our largest number ever. This increase in numbers reflects how committed local authorities are to tackling bullying. Participating will give your local authority unique insight into the work that local authorities from across the nation are doing.
Closing date for submissions
The deadline for 2018 will be posted here once confirmed.
How to enter the Education Equality Index
Download the submission form and guidance for its completion: